It's in great shape, but this is one of the most common bayonets of WWII. It's only worth $45.
- Fact 0: The image to your right is actually the peruvian mauser bayonet. The VZ24 was made in Germany and sold to the Peruvian military starting in 1909 and used in 1910. Later models of the VZ24 were shipped to Turkey and restamped as well as modified, primarily in the late 1920s-early 1930s.
- Fact 1: The vz. 24 rifle, based on the Mauser Gewehr 98, was the standard rifle of Czech forces from 1924 to 1942, and was co-opted by occupying Germans starting in 1939.
- Fact 2: The simple design and reliable construction of the VZ24 made it a popular bayonet, and even prompted German engineers to retool newer guns to fit it.
- Fact 3: The popularity and simplicity of the VZ24 led to widespread manufacture across eastern Europe. Dozens of variants and countless makers' marks exist.
- Fact 4: Early German invaders captured warehouses of VZ24's and removed their mounting rings for use with other weapons; many of these bayonets still have large "ears" on the guard.
- Fact 5: Though originally designed in Czechoslovakia, VZ24 models were produced as far away as Iran, Turkey, and even Peru.